Jared hovered outside Jade’s bedroom.
“What did you find?” Jade said eagerly, as she looked up at him.
She was stood behind her wardrobe putting some of her clothes in her suitcase, school was starting soon, and she was leaving soon. Jared hated it when she left, the house always felt quieter, with just him and his Mum.
“It’s difficult Jade,” Jared said slowly.
Jade frowned, “What do you mean? Did you find him?” She said, closing the wardrobe door and coming to sit on her bed.
Jared closed the door and walked towards her.
“I’ve found her,” Jared corrected.
Jade’s mouth dropped open.
“I knew it! I knew you could do it!” She said breathlessly. “Justice! Finally!”
“Jade listen to me,” He said seriously. “We can’t tell anyone, people would ask too many questions.”
Jade nodded, but her eyes where too bright, too excited.
“Swear it Jade.” Jared said firmly.
“I swear.” She said her brow furrowing. “What’s wrong? What did you find?”
“Her name is Tanisha, she just lives in Chalk Farm –”
“O my God, that’s not far from here!” Jade said, looking out the window, as though Tanisha would pop up.
“J? What did you find?” Jade said again, her face serious.
“She’s had a really rough childhood –”
“So?!” Jade burst out. “I always hear that excuse at school from the teachers, the bullies are having a hard time at school or at home, well do you know what, so is everyone!” Jade said she was screaming now, tears in her eyes.
“Jade shush!” Jared said standing; he really didn’t want his Mum to come in.
“No! Why are you making excuse, you know I used to get bullied!” She said wiping her eyes. “People always make excuses for bullies, rewarding them when they act like how they are supposed to be acting in the first place! Hard times should not be an excuse for bad behaviour!”
“I know that,” he said hugging his sister. “I’m just saying we have to be cautious, in our punishment.”
“They should get punished the same as everyone else.” Jade said still wiping her eyes.
“Can I tell you about her, and if you still want to punish her harshly then we can okay?” He said slowly.
Jade stepped out of his embrace. “Okay.” She said softly.